Neville shares Klopp reaction to van Dijk mistake in Liverpool win
Gary Neville has told Sky Sports (broadcast on 19/4; 21:09) that he noticed that Jurgen Klopp was absolutely furious with Virgil van Dijk in the early moments of the second-half of Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United after a lapse in concentration from the defender.
The Reds have moved top of the Premier League after a win over Ralf Rangnick’s men at Anfield. However, they did not have it all their own way.
Liverpool were absolutely irresistible during the first-half. Luis Diaz put them ahead early on before Mohamed Salah doubled the lead midway through the half. Klopp’s men played some scintillating football and looked set to win by some margin.
However, the momentum changed somewhat after the break. The visitors did not have an attempt on goal before the interval. But they were considerably more dangerous afterwards.
Liverpool did not help themselves either with some poor moments. And one of those involved van Dijk right at the start of the second-half.
Andrew Robertson could be seen giving the Dutchman a look immediately after the ball went out. But it turns out that Klopp went a lot further when he got the opportunity.
“Jurgen Klopp is snapping at Virgil van Dijk. Absolutely snapped at him for that little bit of lax play over the far side,” Neville told Sky Sports shortly after. “It shows you the standard, no matter how good you are he’ll still have a go at you. The interesting thing was Van Dijk just nodded at him and acknowledged him.”
Van Dijk and Liverpool recovered to put game beyond doubt as Klopp takes side to Premier League summit
Liverpool were given a bit of a scare. But just when it appeared that a goal may be coming for Manchester United, Sadio Mane found the bottom corner for the Reds’ third.
Klopp will want to address that period at the start of the second-half. But Liverpool are battling on three more fronts this season after already winning the Carabao Cup. They are not going to be perfect for 90 minutes in every single game – and the ‘unbelievable‘ van Dijk is not exempt from that.
They rode the storm. And they went on to end any faint hopes of a comeback. They are now top of the Premier League. And the ball is back in Manchester City’s court.
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